Business leaders shine at marine hub luncheon November 24, 2015

What better way is there to learn lessons about business than from entrepreneurs and business leaders who have learned them firsthand?

On Thursday, Nov. 5, the first day of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, more than 200 people attended the International Marine Hub Luncheon, where three renowned panelists shared lessons about business, the entrepreneurial spirit and the importance of giving back.

The panelists were Mark Baker, who is the president and CEO of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and has served in C-level positions with Scotts Miracle-Gro, Gander Mountain and The Home Depot, and Carolyn Plummer, founder of the global hair product company It’s a 10 Haircare, who also created Kyana’s Dream Foundation.

The panel was moderated by Howard Greenberg, publisher and chief executive officer of the Sun-Sentinel and Orlando Sentinel.

Baker, the former chief operating officer at Scotts Miracle-Gro, president and CEO of Gander Mountain, and chief merchandizing officer and executive vice president of The Home Depot, discussed adding value to your business, how to grow your business and how to make sure you don’t go backward. “Standing still is not an option,” he said.

Fort Lauderdale resident Plummer spent 22 years behind the chair cutting hair before venturing out as an entrepreneur.

“I knew I made it when I went into Publix and saw it on the shelf,” she said.

Plummer’s home is Broward County’s only LEED certified remodel, and she donates the use of her 165-foot boat to nonprofits such as the Boys and Girls Club and the Winterfest Boat Parade. She and It’s a 10 also have partnered with Christina Applegate’s breast cancer foundation, Right Action for Women, in addition to launching the foundation named after her daughter that is devoted to humanitarian and environmental issues affecting children, such as helping teachers create safer schools and helping the underprivileged.

When she was 26, Plummer, who was adopted, decided to try to find her birth family. She succeeded in tracking down her mom and 11 siblings, and was eventually able to reunite about 150 members of her extended family. “Twenty-two years later they are a part of my life,” she said.

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